HOT COUGAR ACTION: A Look Ahead At WSU's Fall Camp

With no two-a-day practices, you'd think Travis Long would be a little more excited.

Fall camp is now less than a week away and in advance of the first practice, Christian Caple has a few details on what to expect.

Teams are allowed to open fall camp four weeks prior to their first day, so WSU will begin fall camp on August 2. While a typical fall camp might involve a handful of two-a-day practices, you won't see any at WSU.

For one, Leach doesn't run two-a-day practices during the fall, meaning the Cougars will practice just once per day. But as Leach is quick to point out, this doesn't mean his players are getting a break.

"We'll get our pound of flesh," he said, noting that meetings and other duties will fill much of his team's days. "It'll be one-a-day, but they won't be short practices."

By not running two-a-days, WSU will actually lose a couple of available practice sessions. The NCAA allows 29 fall camp practice sessions, but there are only 28 days between the start of fall camp and the opener at BYU. Throw in a couple days off for rest and travel and WSU will likely be in the 25 practice range.

That will cost them somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 practice hours. NCAA rules stipulate a practice can last up to three hours or a total of five hours per day in two-a-days.

Here are a couple other rules to consider as fall camp nears:

  • Rosters are limited to 105 players during fall camp. Once school begins they can expand to add non-preferred walk-ons.
  • Each player must go through a five-day acclimatization period. The first two days, the player can only wear helmets. That is followed by two days of helmets and shoulder pads. Finally on the fifth day, players can don full pads. If any player doesn't practice at the start of fall camp, their acclimatization period begins whenever they join practice.

Football

Cougars add a prolific running back - Football Recruiting - West Region Blog - ESPN
Washington State head coach Mike Leach is used to putting up incredible offensive numbers, so it should probably come as no surprise that the Cougars picked up a commitment from running back Olito Thompson (Concord, Calif./Concord).

Leach will keep Cougars busy on and off the field - Spokesman.com - July 29, 2012

Roughly 30 minutes after Mike Leach departed the stage at Pac-12 media day last week in Los Angeles, he was answering another question, this one about his celebrity and how quickly it’s grown in the months since his hire.

Concord High's Olito Thompson commits to play football at Washington State - Inside Bay Area

Concord High running back Olito Thompson, who holds the Northern California record for most rushing yards in a single season, has orally committed to Washington State. Thompson committed to Cougars coach Mike Leach while visiting the Pullman campus.

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